The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess by Lou SchulerI would love to do a feminist deconstruction of this book. A womens fitness book written by a man with workouts designed by another man? A book that claims to be about lifting but instead emphasizes weight loss, looking like a goddess and being stronger but not looking strong? A book that constantly refers to and assumes how women think versus how men think? But lets let the English major in me shut down for a second, and lets let the gym rat in me take over and review this book for what it is--a fitness book.
A large portion of this book was fairly irrelevant--Im already a gym-goer who loves her squats, so I didnt need the information explaining why I should work out/encouraging me to lift. The meal plan section was equally irrelevant--too much whey protein/reliance on supplements, lots of fish, eggs and dairy--for a vegan reader.
However even the parts that repeated what I already agree with were interesting to read, as Schuler has a casual and easygoing writing style with just enough (but not too much) cheesy/good-natured humor. I expected a fitness book to be rather dry, but Schuler makes you want to keep reading it all--even the technical/fact-heavy stuff. While the meal plan is irrelevant, I do like his insistence that you cant cut calories AND work out--you have to choose one or the other. Are you going to just lose fat and muscle--and therefore weight--or are you going to improve your overall body shape/health and gain strength in the process?
The workouts themselves seem well-structured and balanced, and Schuler has convinced me to give his program a try. It cant hurt to shake up my usual workouts, and the exercises and schedule found in this book are reasonable and doable (although slightly confusing at first read). While the shorter/fewer workouts may not be my cup of tea--I love going to the gym and having my me time--it makes this program more accessible to those who dont get excited about spending an hour at the Y :)
Im a little disappointed that there isnt more emphasis on bulking up--I love seeing muscle!--but I think the overall structure is a good one that I will see benefits from. Im already sore from day one--and I was worried it would be too basic/beginner. Great utilization of basic moves to create a simple and effective workout. Im looking forward to tomorrow and round two--especially since I have a better grasp of what weights I can use/how to better push myself after the day one trial.
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Ask a Swole Woman is a column for people who are tired of trying to always be less, eat less, do less, and make it look perfect and effort-free. Have a question for me about weight lifting, strength training, or anything related?
While there is certainly no shortage of information, we also recognize that wellness is not a one-size-fits all phenomenon — what works for some might not work for others. Wellness comes in many iterations with endless interpretations, and that makes the possibility of discovering a fitness regimen that works specifically for you and your lifestyle all the more possible! In the interest of examining every possible option to improve physical health, I would like to make the case for strength training as the perfect exercise for all of you busy, powerful women out there that are interested in factoring in a new workout into your lives. I mean building up to use a barbell, free weights, and kettlebells. Strength training is one of the most rewarding skills one can master with just a few simple and extremely functional movements.